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WHAT CONSTITUTES 'A MAN'?

6 November 2009

On the heels of my "things to be depressed about" entry, I got a note from Peggy yesterday alerting her friends to a very depressing situation in Denmark.

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The waters here aren't red from any bizarre climate change or overabundance of marine life that is feeding along the shores.  This is the result of human cruelty.  I suppose the Danes would not classify it as cruelty, but they slaughter hundreds of the "famous and intelligent" Calderon dolphins.

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Apparently this takes place in the Feroe Islands and the main participants in the slaughter are teens.  Why?  As a right of passage into manhood.

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It becomes a big spectator sport.

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Quoting from the e-mail, "Is it necessary to mention that the dolphin calderon, like all the other species of dolphins, is near instinction and they get near men to play and interact. In a way of PURE friendship."

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"They don’t die instantly; they are cut 1, 2 or 3 times with thick hocks. And at that time the dolphins produce a sound similar to the cry of a new born child."

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While I understand (while not exactly condone) a slaughter in order to feed or clothe a family, I don't find anything honorable about mass killings just to prove manhood.  If you are as appalled about this situation as I am, there is a web site where you can go to register your outrage.

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